I’ve said for a while that Justin Trudeau wants a spring election. A Friday afternoon funding announcement is one more indicator that The Shiny Pony does indeed intend to send Canadians to the polls for a pandemic election. How he will engineer the fall of his own government remains to be seen.
On December 11th, the Trudeau government quietly rolled out their latest climate plan with a $15 billion price tag, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy. (Download PDF)
It’s a 79-page document that reads like an election platform, and for good reason – it’s the cornerstone of the Liberal government’s plan on the environment.
“The Liberals are systematically getting their policy house in order, readying themselves for a federal election,” said pollster Nik Nanos.
“This is just another example. They need to make sure that they’re making progress on the environmental file, which is critical to a number of their voters in their coalition.”
The timing of the announcement – Friday afternoon – is odd.
If there is one thing this Liberal government loves, it’s virtue signaling on the environment so why all but bury this on a Friday afternoon?
“The timing is interesting. Usually good news, big announcements, things that you want to make a splash with tend not to be announced on a Friday. That is just not the best day to penetrate the households of Canadians,” said Karl Bélanger, president of Traxxion Stratégies and a former NDP national director.
The Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy plan comes with a staggering price tag of $15 billion – or what would have been called a staggering price tag just 12 months ago.
Today, after hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars were shoveled out the door so fast nobody knows where it all went, another $15 billion in borrowed money is almost a rounding error for Finance Canada.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government proposes to spend these borrowed billions on 64 new measures, including:
- Invest $1.5 billion over three years for green and inclusive community buildings
- Provide $2.6 billion over seven years to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient
- Invest $2 billion in financing commercial and large-scale building retrofits
- Invest $3 billion over five years in Strategic Innovation Fund’s Net-Zero Accelerator Fund
- Invest $1.5 billion in a Low-carbon and Zero-emissions Fuels Fund
All of this sounds lovely. It really does, but whenever a politician is selling you on their latest shiny object, you’d best check your pockets to see if your wallet is still there.
If filling your wallet depends on the energy industry you’ll find no help here, as the Liberal attack on fossil fuels accelerates under this plan. This is no surprise. The mythical “green economy” is a favourite of left-leaning politicians.
For example, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson made news last week for pushing a ban on gasoline-powered passenger vehicles across North America.
I’m not clear why this caused such an uproar because, honestly, Wilkinson is pretty late to the party.
In 2019, British Columbia’s NDP government passed a law banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2040.
Quebec says it will ban them in 2035.
These are delightfully virtuous goals, to be sure, but nowhere in their plans for killing the fossil fuel industry will you find the explanation for how they will solve the problem of an electrical grid totally incapable of handling this load.
Nor will you find them talking of new hydro-electric dams to generate all the electricity needed to power a grid that can’t handle the capacity for all of these ‘zero-emission’ vehicles.
These issues are glaringly obvious, yet nobody appears willing to discuss them.
I have nothing against electric vehicles. I have a lot against politicians who peddle this nonsense while ignoring the two elephants in the room.
Our electrical grid must be rebuilt from the ground up to handle the demand of electric vehicles, but that still doesn’t solve the problem of building the power generation plants required when the green movement opposes them so vehemently.
I’m sure that these problems, like Justin Trudeau’s budget, will simply solve themselves.
There was one good joke in the plan, though, and I was grateful for the laugh.
Justin Trudeau’s failed 2019 election campaign promise to “plant 2 billion trees over the next ten years” is front and centre again.
Trudeau has yet to plant a single tree 16 months after he first made that promise. Now he claims he will spend $3.16 billion over 10 years to plant two billion trees.
Greta would be proud.
The rest of us, well, not so much.
If we’ve learned anything over the past five years, Justin Trudeau is long on promises and short on follow-through.
My bet is 2030 will come and go and those two billion trees will be like Alice in Wonderland – a wonderful fairy tale with no connection to reality.
But Justin Trudeau will use the promise of planting all those trees once more time – in the spring election – and it will probably help elect him to a majority government.
If you see any hope for Trudeau’s defeat, be it in three months or three years, please share it in the comments section below. I could use some good news today.